Surfing Magazine reported that as of February 2009, it’s official: the days of snagging 60-foot XXL contenders at Ghost Tree or whipping into the tube of your life at Moss Landing are over. Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (MBNMS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have closed a loophole in the laws governing the use of personalized watercraft in the Sanctuary. Translation: Jet Ski dudes are now barred everywhere from Monterey to Half Moon Bay.
There is an exception for Mavericks. When there is a NOAA-issued high-surf advisory, surfers will be allowed to use PWCs to snag the monsterous waves at Mavericks. Surfrider Foundation was involved in the compromise – giving up Ghost Tree for the more easily accessible Mavericks.